Samsung does not participate in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of June due to concerns about the coronavirus. The company does plan to participate in the event online.
Several MWC press conference rooms and exhibition halls will also remain empty this year.
“The health and protection of our employees, partners and clienteles is our number one priority, so we have decided to remove from demonstrating in person at this year’s MWC,” the company said in a statement. “We look forward to contributing virtually and ongoing to work with GSMA and industry partners to drive new mobile experiences.”
GSMA, the show’s organizer, announced in September that the event would take place between June 28 and July 1, or with fewer visitors than in other years. In February, the organization announced that it is aiming for forty to fifty thousand participants. They do not have to be vaccinated but must be able to present a negative test.
Despite this, several big names have since cancelled. Google, Sony, Nokia and Ericsson, among others, have already announced their withdrawal from MWC over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Samsung is the next big name on that list.